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Obviously. Snow riding can be fun. But riding through the mounds of frozen goo left by plows and cars and people shoveling into the street — not to mention black ice — is not the casual ride we had in mind. Five people getting hurt on a ride isn’t going to promote or celebrate cycling so much.
How about next week or a New Year ride?
This is the second Tour de Greater Homewood, a ride around North-Central Baltimore celebrating the good work that The Greater Homewood Community Corporation does to help build strong and healthy neighborhoods. This year, the ride honors the late Jack Yates, a former GHCC board member. The University of Baltimore is donating the space as part of the UB Green efforts, as Jack was not only a UB alum but was also a graduate student at UB.
Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!
Gordon Plaza at the University of Baltimore: Corner of Mount Royal Avenue and Maryland Avenue.
Participants will be required to sign a waiver (so that you can’t sue UB or GHCC if something happens to you or your bike).
Participants will be encouraged to make the suggested donation of $10, which will go to youth programming at Greater Homewood Community Corporation, to programs similar to those to which Jack Yates was dedicated.
Participants will get a sweet spokecard, designed by artist Christina Ralls (you can see the images in this post).
Members of Jack’s family will be on in attendance! We will have a few speakers before the ride.
There are two routes, both of which will begin and end at the same place at UB. There will be ride leaders (including several Eagle Scouts and one EMS — no kidding) to help with any mechanical difficulties and to help folks find their way. Also, all participants will be given a set of directions on paper, which should be easy to follow. The longer ride is the proper Tour de Greater Homewood. You can view an interactive map of this route here. The shorter ride is the Tour de Central Baltimore, for which you can find the map here.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. If we don’t have the answer, we’ll get it for you.
And many thanks go out to everyone who’s volunteering and everyone who’s worked to get the word out.
Who’s up for a short (10-20 miles) ride Sunday morning? At least Dan and I are meeting at the Watertower a little before 10:00am, to roll out at maybe at 10:00am sharp. Bring a Thermos of your favorite morning beverage, or — knowing us — we’ll stop somewhere for coffee/tea/juice anyway!
[I know: "wake-up" ride at that time? I'm working on my late-sleeping habits.]
I’d call it casual, but they’re all casual. A few of us are planning on taking a leisurely ride from the Watertower to Fell’s Point, have a lemonade/other treat at the foot of Broadway, and then return. We’ll be at the Watertower after 7:30, and we’ll plan to leave at 8:00. Monday. Tomorrow. The 21st. Hemingway‘s birthday. Anyone who wants to come is totally welcome. But please wear a helmet and have your safety lights on. Safety vests are encouraged and damned stylish.
One caveat: If there are storms, the ride is cancelled. Drivers don’t know what to do in the case of storms, and it’s not worth the risk of getting flattened by someone on the phone in a land yacht with the windshield blinded by a downpour. If there was a place you had to be, it might be different, but this is just fun. (Before you call us sissies, ask yourself if you ride in the rain and in the winter. Because we do.)